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Monster Culture In The 21st Century

Author : Marina Levina
ISBN : 9781441185372
Genre : Social Science
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In the past decade, our rapidly changing world faced terrorism, global epidemics, economic and social strife, new communication technologies, immigration, and climate change to name a few. These fears and tensions reflect an evermore-interconnected global environment where increased mobility of people, technologies, and disease have produced great social, political, and economical uncertainty. The essays in this collection examine how monstrosity has been used to manage these rising fears and tensions. Analyzing popular films and televisions shows, such as True Blood, Twilight, Paranormal Activity, District 9, Battlestar Galactica, and Avatar, it argues that monstrous narratives of the past decade have become omnipresent specifically because they represent collective social anxieties over resisting and embracing change in the 21st century. The first comprehensive text that uses monstrosity not just as a metaphor for change, but rather a necessary condition through which change is lived and experienced in the 21st century, this approach introduces a different perspective toward the study of monstrosity in culture.
Category: Social Science

The Morals Of Monster Stories

Author : Leslie Ormandy
ISBN : 9781476664842
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The simplicity of children's picture books--stories told with illustrations and a few well chosen words or none at all--makes them powerful tools for teaching morals and personal integrity. Children follow the story and see the characters' behaviors on the page and interpret them in the context of their own lives. But unlike many picture books, most children's lives don't feature monsters. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'} This collection of new essays explores the societally sanctioned behaviors imparted to children through the use of monsters and supernatural characters. Topics include monsters as instructors, the normalization of strangers or the "other," fostering gender norms, and therapeutic monsters, among others.
Category: Literary Criticism

New Directions In 21st Century Gothic

Author : Lorna Piatti-Farnell
ISBN : 9781317609018
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book brings together a carefully selected range of contemporary disciplinary approaches to new areas of Gothic inquiry. Moving beyond the representational and historically based aspects of literature and film that have dominated Gothic studies, this volume both acknowledges the contemporary diversification of Gothic scholarship and maps its changing and mutating incarnations. Drawing strength from their fascinating diversity, and points of correlation, the varied perspectives and subject areas cohere around a number of core themes — of re-evaluation, discovery, and convergence — to reveal emerging trends and new directions in Gothic scholarship. Visiting fascinating areas including the Gothic and digital realities, uncanny food experiences, representations of death and the public media, Gothic creatures and their popular legacies, new approaches to contemporary Gothic literature, and re-evaluations of the Gothic mode through regional narratives, essays reveal many patterns and intersecting approaches, forcefully testifying to the multifaceted, although lucidly coherent, nature of Gothic studies in the 21st Century. The multiple disciplines represented — from digital inquiry to food studies, from fine art to dramaturgy — engage with the Gothic in order to offer new definitions and methodological approaches to Gothic scholarship. The interdisciplinary, transnational focus of this volume provides exciting new insights into, and expanded and revitalised definitions of, the Gothic and its related fields.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Ages Of The Incredible Hulk

Author : Joseph J. Darowski
ISBN : 9780786497331
Genre : Literary Criticism
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"Goes into extensive detail about the individual characters starting from their origins and their transition and evolution through the decades...makes for fascinating reading”--Collector’s Corner The Incredible Hulk is one of the earliest Marvel Comics superheroes. Through the decades, the character and his narrative elements--the causes of Bruce Banner's transformations, the Hulk's strength, intelligence and skin color, the stories' tone, theme and sources of conflict--have been continually reinvented to remain relevant. This collection of new essays explores Marvel's more than five decades of Hulk comics. The contributors analyze the Hulk and his supporting cast in their shifting historical contexts, offering insights into both our popular entertainment and our cultural history. Topics include the Cold War's influence on early Incredible Hulk issues, a feminist reading of She-Hulk and writer Peter David's focus on the AIDS crisis.
Category: Literary Criticism

Pandemics And The Media

Author : Marina Levina
ISBN : 1433115514
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Offering a comprehensive analysis of mediated representations of global pandemics, this book engages with the construction, management, and classification of difference in the global context of a pandemic, to address what it means - culturally, politically, and economically - to live in an infected, diseased body. Marina Levina argues that mediated representations are essential in translating and making sense of difference as a category of subjectivity and as a mode of organizing and distributing change. Using textual analysis of media texts on pandemics and disease, she illustrates how they represent a larger mediascape that drafts stories of global instabilities and global health. Levina explains how the stories we tell about disease matter; that the media is instrumental in constructing and disseminating these stories; and that mediated narratives of pandemics are rooted in global flows of policies, commerce, and populations. Pandemics are, by definition, global crises.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Gothic Remixed

Author : Megen de Bruin-Molé
ISBN : 1350103055
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The bestselling genre of Frankenfiction sees classic literature turned into commercial narratives invaded by zombies, vampires, werewolves, and other fantastical monsters. However, too engaged with tradition for some and not traditional enough for others, it is often criticized as a sign of the artistic and moral degeneration of contemporary culture. These hybrid creations are the 'monsters' of our age, lurking at the limits of responsible consumption and acceptable appropriation. This book explores the boundaries and connections between contemporary remix and related modes – including adaptation, parody, the Gothic, Romanticism, and postmodernism. Taking a multimedia approach, case studies range from novels such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies; television series like Penny Dreadful; and the visual arts in the prints of Travis Louie. Megen de Bruin-Molé takes culture's most 'monstrous' and liminal works to show how a safe and familiar format disrupted by the thrill of transgression has resulted in the mashups that dominate Western popular culture.
Category: Literary Criticism

Inclusion Lesson Plan Book For The 21st Century

Author : Toby Karten
ISBN : 1935609475
Genre : Education
File Size : 20.76 MB
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This Teacher Training Edition is for use by both instructors and their students in training sessions on inclusion practices. It is specifically designed for college professors and staff trainers who teach lesson planning skills as part of their pre-service or in-service courses. The content parallels the original Inclusion Plan Book, but is organized for training purposes and includes professional activities to examine inclusion practices for whole class, small groups, and individual students. It contains additional downloadable forms for inclusion documentation and online resources that are valuable tools for any "teacher-in-training" staff development program. Purchase multiple copies for your in-service professional learning experiences or have your college bookstore order copies for students taking your inclusion course.
Category: Education

Communication And Culture

Author : D. Ray Heisey
ISBN : 9042004541
Genre : History
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This volume offers unique interdisciplinary views on issues in communication and culture with a central focus on Chinese perspectives as China and the world face the 21st century. These perspectives are based upon comparative data and East-West cross-cultural experience. Seventeen chapters, plus an introductory chapter that places the topics in perspective, report and interpret data here for the first time. The majority of the contributors are Chinese scholars from various disciplines, who now share their research on communication with Western as well as Eastern readers. The common thread of the essays is the way in which communication influences culture and cultural dimensions impact the processes of communication. The authors represent scholars from education, communication studies, mass communication, intercultural communication, sociology, rhetoric, literature, law, linguistics, telecommunications, international relations, journalism, and sociolinguistics. Part I presents cultural perspectives on ethics, East-West relations, translation issues, cross-cultural competence, persuasion, journalistic acculturation, and gender representation in advertisements. Part II addresses international and intercultural communication as seen in comparative campus cultures, cross-cultural interaction between Chinese and Americans, the practice of taijiquan, the media depiction of watching, the legal implications of the internet, and the issues of nation building. Part III focuses on mediated communication issues in Chinese films, China's media campaign for the olympics, Chinese youth's use of Western media, talk radio in China, and the use of new technologies in the post-Cold War era.
Category: History

Monsters And Monstrosity From The Fin De Si Cle To The Millennium

Author : Sharla Hutchison
ISBN : 9780786495061
Genre : Social Science
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Zombies, vampires and ghosts feature prominently in nearly all forms of entertainment in the 21st century, including popular fiction, film, comics, television and computer games. But these creatures have been vital to the entertainment industry since the best-seller books of a century and half ago. Monsters don't just invade popular culture, they help sell popular culture. This collection of new essays covers 150 years of enduringly popular Gothic monsters who have shocked and horrified audiences in literature, film and comics. The contributors unearth forgotten monsters and reconsider familiar ones, examining the audience taboos and fears they embody.
Category: Social Science

Gender In The 21st Century

Author : Barbara Evelyn Bailey
ISBN : UCSC:32106017796076
Genre : Political Science
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Category: Political Science